Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

MUS 311 Music History and Literature I: Research 101

Course guide for Dr. Werner's Music History and Literature class

Key Points - Developing Topics and Search Strategies

  • Scholarship is a conversation
    • ​Research questions must do more than simply answer a simple question (e.g. What is the capitol of Maine?) but rather, must contribute to a larger scholarly conversation which may not have settled on authoritative answers
  • ​Research as Inquiry
    • ​Scholarly research should be based on questions which, when answered, develop into further questions that can develop into new lines of inquiry in a given field
  • ​Searching as Exploration
    • Searching should not be a straightforward process - it may go the right direction at times, the wrong direction at others, loop back on itself, and more

Selecting a Topic

Video source: KStateLibraries

 

Choosing the Right Search Terms

video source: Seminole State Library

John Esch Library | Lakeland University | W3718 South Drive | Plymouth, WI 53073 | (920) 565-1038 ext. 2420